Beginning on November 7th and continuing every Wednesday until completion, our school will be conducting vision and hearing screenings for students in grades 1 and 3. This year, one of our parents and local optometrist Scott Sedlacek, OD, is volunteering to assist us with the vision screenings. We will also have the assistance of parent volunteers from our PTA, as well as volunteers from our local Kiwanis.
Why is it important to have your child’s vision screened?
Screening is important because it helps us to identify if your child has vision problems or might be at risk for vision problems.
Vision screening will consist of any of the following tests:
- Observation (1st and 3rd grades)
- Monocular Distance Visual Acuity (1st and 3rd grades)
- Ocular Muscle Balance (1st grade)
- Stereopsis (1st grade)
- Color Deficit (males only, 1st grade, if not previously screened in Kindergarten)
**If your child has glasses, please be sure he/she brings his/her glasses to school on these days.**
Why is it important to have your child’s hearing screened?
- Hearing is important for speech, language development, reading and learning.
- A hearing screening can detect if your child needs further hearing testing.
- Even if your child has previously passed a hearing screening, his/her hearing may have changed.
- Hearing problems can be related to or indicative of underlying medical conditions.
Hearing screening will consist of the following test:
- Audiometry – Screening of hearing acuity.
School screenings provide only a snapshot of how your child performs on the day the test was administered. School screenings do not substitute for a complete eye exam by an optometrist or opthalmologist or for a complete hearing evaluation by an audiologist.
If your child fails any part of the hearing screening, we will rescreen your child several weeks following the initial screening. You will be informed of test results and necessary follow-up only if your child fails the rescreen.
If you have any questions, please contact the school clinic at 440-427-6412 or me at 440-427-6364.
Carol Meszaros, RN